Saturday, May 19, 2018
8 a.m. start
Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center
Washington Center Parkway
(Just north of 120th Avenue)


Cottonwood Classic 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 19, 2018

8:00 a.m. start @ Thorncreek Crossing

Shopping Center, 120th & Washington

Thornton, Colorado


Overview: Please join us for the 23rd Annual Cottonwood Classic 5K Run/Walk to be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center at 120th and Washington Street. This family friendly event has become a community favorite over the years and we encourage you to come find out why! Event is open to runners, race-walkers, and recreational walkers of all ages and ability levels. We even have a special "Schools Division" for elementary school age children. And don't be surprised if you set a personal record on our super flat course!cottonwood classic post event

Registration: Walk-in registration starts Saturay, April 1. Walk-ins are accepted at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Boulevard in Thornton (303-255-7800). Walk-ins will receive their race bib and t-shirt at the time of registration. We are currently accepting internet registrations. Internet entrants may pick up their race bibs and t-shirts at the race start on Saturday, May 20. There is no phone-in or mail-in registration. Cut-off for walk-in and internet registrations is Wednesday, May 17. There will be no registration on Thursday or Friday. Day-of registration starts at 7 a.m. near the start line (entry fee goes up $5 on the day of the event). The first 700 who pre-register will receive a tech shirt, those who register after that, may or may not recieve a shirt.

Entry Fees: Pre-registration (Jan 9- May 17):
 January 9 - March 31 Internet only
Walk-in Registation starts April 1
Day of race registration (7-7:45 a.m. May 20):
​$25 for ages 12 & under (age on race day)​$30 for ages 12 & under
​$30 for ages 13-59​$35 for ages 13-59
​$25 for ages 60 & older​$30 for ages 60 & older

What You Get: In addition to entry in the race, participants will get a short-sleeve, tech race shirt, an awesome post-race with food and drink, on-line goody bags and entry in our generous prize drawing. (You must submit your bib tag at the awards table and be present to win.)

Race Day Timeline:     

7 a.m. - Registration & Timing Chip Distribution
​8 a.m. - Runners and Race Walkers Start
​8:01 a.m. – All School Division Runners and Walkers Start
​8:02 a.m. – All Other Walkers Start
​9:15 a.m. - Scores Tabulated/Posted, Prize Drawing
​9:30 a.m. - Awards Presentation

Race Chip Timing: Race timing chips (MyLaps Bib Tag system) are attached to the back of your race bib. Please do not switch race bibs with anyone!

Course Description/Map: Start/finish line is at 12100 Washington Center Parkway (East of Thorncreek Shopping Center) and is very flat.

Dogs/Strollers: Well-behaved dogs are welcome and must be kept on leashes (4 foot or less) at all times. Please do not block or impede the progress of other participants! Strollers are also permitted.

Bikes/Blades/Boards- For safety reasons bikes, rollerblades and skateboards are not permitted.

Schools Division: In an effort to promote healthy habits and encourage children to exercise regularly, we offer a special Schools School Division LogoDivision. Elementary school teachers, staff or volunteers are encouraged to form teams to train and compete at the race. Awards are given out to the fastest coed teams (2 boys, 2 girls) and the schools with the largest participation numbers. In 2014 we had 10 schools participate. For more information contact mike.coulter@cityofthornton.net or call (720) 977-5914.

Age Divisions: First through third place awards are given to male and female runners in the following age categories (age on race day):

7 and under,   8-9,   10-11,   12-14,   15-19,   20-24,   25-29,   30-34,   35-39,   40-44,   45-49,   50-54,   55-59,   60-64,   65-69, 70+

Additionally, overall fastest male and female runners receive special awards. Award winners must be present at the ceremony following the race (or designate someone to pick up your award for you). We will not mail awards to winners!

Race Walker Awards: First through fifth place fastest male and female race walkers will also receive awards (there are no separate age categories). Overall fastest male and female race walker will receive special awards.   

Results: Following the race, results will be posted online at www.hallucinationsports.com They also have a downloadable app now for instant results!

BolderBOULDER 10K Qualifier: The Cottonwood Classic 5K is again proud to be an official qualifying race for the BolderBOULDER 10K scheduled for May 29, 2017. With over 52,000 runners and 100 waves in 2016, it is important that you qualify for the correct wave prior to the race. For more information, please go to http://www.bolderboulder.com/waves-qualifying/


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Weather: The race will be held rain or shine, but lightning, extreme winds or other dangerous weather could cause cancellation or delay of the event. Please call (720) 977-5908 for information on cancellation or delay. The message will only be changed when a decision has been made to cancel/delay.

Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer to help at the event, please contact mike.coulter@cityofthornton.net or (720) 977-5914. Volunteers will receive a free shirt.

Sponsorships: The race would not be possible without the generous sponsorship from the City of Thornton, American Furniture Warehouse and FM Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact vince.aragon@cityofthornton.net or (720) 977-5965.

ThorntonFest: After the race, why not come join us for ThorntonFest at Carpenter Park Fields, 108th and Colorado Boulevard. We'll have three performance stages, free children's amusements as well as activities for kids, food court and beer garden, car show, large marketplace for crafters and businesses and even a section celebrating all things pet related!